Economic Adviser (SD Band 2 / Grade 7) Fixed Term Appointment for 6 months

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 20 Nov 2018

Reference number



£50,322 - £56,778


Grade 7
Band 2

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

6 months fixed term

Business area

Science and Policy - Economics

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Bootle (Liverpool), North West : Buxton, East Midlands

About the job

Job description

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the independent regulator for workplace health and safety in Great Britain. Our purpose is to protect people and the environment – we save lives. HSE's remit covers risks generated by the full spectrum of work activity and economic sectors, including construction, agriculture, healthcare, chemicals manufacture and storage, and offshore oil and gas operations.

HSE is highly-regarded both nationally and internationally. Improved health and safety risk management protects workers and translates into reduced sickness absence and welfare payments, lower healthcare costs and, ultimately, improved social welfare.

HSE is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and employs over 2,000 staff. For further information about HSE please go to:

We are looking for an exceptional economist to provide high-quality economic analysis to business areas across HSE, including HSE’s health strategy, injury and fatality priority areas and the regulation of major hazards. The vacancy is open to existing, substantive GES Grade 7 economists, GES Assistant Economists on promotion and non-GES candidates who meet the person specification and qualification requirements. It represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding Assistant Economist to gain valuable experience as a Grade 7 on temporary promotion.

The main responsibilities of HSE Grade 7 Economic Advisers include:

• Providing economic advice and analysis on the development of HSE strategy and policy in tackling serious occupational injury; work-related ill health including cancer and mental health; and serious industrial accidents. This includes risks arising from emerging technologies like driverless vehicles and cyber threats; and labour market shifts like zero-hour contracts and the ‘gig’ economy.

• Leading high-quality cost benefit analysis of proposed Government interventions (Regulatory Impact Assessments), evaluations of existing policy (Post Implementation Reviews) and in support of EU Exit negotiations. We work closely with social researchers to devise suitable evaluation and research methods to meet the standards of external scrutiny from the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC).

• Taking the lead on development of a Return on Investment tool for health and safety interventions to make the economic case for investment.

• Leading economics research on the costs of workplace injuries and work-related ill health. HSE economists are leading cross-government research on the valuation of mortality risk, to inform future HM Treasury Green Book guidance, in addition to working with leading researchers in the field to explore the valuation of health and safety outcomes using subjective wellbeing data.

• Supporting and leading on externally funded & commercial projects, including for industry clients, other public bodies, or funding providers (e.g. National Institute for Health Research). Recent projects include: providing advice to the Canadian government on the assessment of major industrial hazards legislation; advising High Speed 2 on the building of a occupational health cost model; undertaking an economic evaluation of a large randomised-controlled trial of a slip-resistant footwear intervention in the NHS, in collaboration with the University of York Trials Unit.

• Act as a visible lead in the team for the development of Assistant Economists and placement students through line management, collaborative working and coaching.

• HSE economists have presented HSE’s world-leading valuation research to conferences at HM Treasury, the European Commission and the OECD in Paris. We have also presented it to visiting delegations from the Chinese and South Korean governments.

The Economic and Social Analysis Team

The Economic Adviser post sits in HSE’s Economic and Social Analysis Team (ESAT), reporting directly to the Chief Economist. The team, part of the Analysis and Data Capability Group within HSE’s Science Division, includes social researchers who work closely alongside economists on a wide variety of projects addressing the full remit of HSE’s mission. The team is primarily based in Redgrave Court, HSE’s purpose-built headquarters in Bootle, 10 minutes by train from Liverpool city centre.

The wider Analysis and Data Group includes statisticians, psychologists, epidemiologists, data science colleagues and Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists. The role involves working closely with these specialists and with policy professionals. HSE Science Division is spread principally between two sites in Bootle and Buxton, and includes a wide range of scientists undertaking research, testing, forensic work and commercial work.

The small and flexible nature of ESAT provides an excellent opportunity for the candidate to increase their level of responsibility and exposure to senior staff, leading key strategic, policy, research and commercial projects.

Person specification

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate strong experience, skills and knowledge of:

· Delivering challenging technical and strategic research projects, in collaboration with other specialists

· Producing robust economic analysis and advice for policy makers

· Applying existing knowledge of economics to new practical areas

· Presenting complex analysis clearly with demonstrable impact to non-specialists and senior managers

· Building strong working relationships with colleagues across the organisation, including policy customers and senior managers


All candidates must have:

· A first or second-class honours degree in economics, or postgraduate degree in economics.

· At least 50% of course modules must be in economics


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • GES - Application of Knowledge
  • GES - Analysis of data
  • GES - Effective Communication



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.



We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance related awards.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay

Returning to work after a break

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.


This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE Policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We'll assess you against the Civil Service Behaviours and Government Economic Service (GES) technical competencies described in the above sections during the selection process. For more information on the GES skills and competencies, see
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information about the role, please contact:

Shaun Donaghy (HSE Chief Economist), 0203 028 3963,

Michael Zand (HSE Economic Adviser), 0203 028 4789,

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift will take place during the week commencing 26th November 2018

Interviews will take place on 7th December 2018 in HSE Bootle, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS

Further information

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

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